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Shades of Gold

When I captured the shot of the flame skimmer dragonfly, the sunlight was hitting it just right so that it made him look like he was etched in gold. The zinnia is a candy stripe, and it’s the only one that has shown up from the package of seeds I planted so far. It’s soooo cute. And the gold zinnia is just as pretty.

So yesterday, I took my granddaughter around the whole neighborhood, and holding my hand, she actually ran part of the way. This is good, exercise and wearing out, yes! And we spent 2 hours at the pool. She has always been afraid of getting her face wet, and she’s been afraid of the water, so it’s like taking itty bitty steps. She let me take her into the deeper water and with my hands under her tummy, she kicks and paddles a little. But this time, she also was in the shallow area and had her hands on the bottom of the pool and was allowing her body to float. So she’s getting more confidence. Hopefully, by the end of the summer, she will be doing better. And she napped for 2 1/2 hours. Yay!

I have so many different colors of zinnia, I took her by each of them and asked her, “What color?”

“Green.”

“Noooooo, pink.”

“Yeah, pink.”

“What’s that?”

“Green.”

“Noooo, pink.”

“Yeah, pink.”

“What’s that?”

“Yellow.”

“Yes! Yellow.”

“What’s that?”

“Green.”

“Noooo, pink.”

“Yeah, pink.”

She got the yellows right. She began to say pink on all the pinks. She said the reds after I showed her the first was red.

Okay, today is MY day, which means getting that other promo blog done and getting back to word count!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Terry

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Violent Storms this Morning!

I need to take the dogs out. I need to take the garbage out. But the storms are raging this morning. Lightning right overhead. Strong winds. Pouring rain. Dangerous.

A couple of pictures of dragonflies I managed to take on the walk my daughter and I took on Friday. I want to go back and shoot some more, but I need to get going on the novella. I finally think I’ve started it–300 words. Now I just need to get 2,000 words a day. But my granddaughter is coming, so not happening today.

Off to get the rest of the garbage together, and see if I can make a mad dash outside. The lightning is still really bad. I love storms as long as they don’t do any damage.

Have a beautiful day!

Terry

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Friends in the Garden

Common Dragonfly and Monarch Butterfly laying eggs on milkweed.

We had wild thunderstorms all day yesterday and they’re continuing today. My word count is rising higher and higher, and I still haven’t figured out the end. Maybe it will still come to me. Hope springs eternal.

Have a great day! We’re in for more storms.

Terry

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Messing Around with Photoshop

Added a bokeh texture to the dragonfly picture I took. In this one, the background had been just white. In the cougar one, I bought the pictures from stock sites, and then with the model, did a lot of work on her. The Wolf Pack one was a lovely gift to me from Nicole of Rainy Day Artwork. I bought the cover for the book that matches the artwork. Love her work.

I was finally, finally sleeping this morning at 2:45 am when some idiot drunks called seven times. Couldn’t get back to sleep because I started to think about what I needed to do concerning my wolf story, and that was the end of sleep. I wrote some. Then I came in to blog and my dogs think that at 4:50, it’s time to get up. Nope, go back to sleep and appreciate that you can!

Have a great one. I feel a nap coming on…

Terry

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I Was in Dragonfly Heaven

It’s not just about taking a sharp picture of the fairy creatures as much as I can, but also, capturing interesting backdrops when I can. I loved the pastel bokeh one at the bottom, and the light flare that looks like a rainbow with the red-veined skimmer. The orange one is a flame skinner, and the one with the white tail is the common whitetail. The others, I’m not sure.

I went out to water the parched plants when dragonflies of all kinds took to the wing, and then I skipped the watering, sorry plants, and ran into grab my camera. I LOVE dragonflies.

Okay, corgis are going home tonight and in the meantime, I have to write! I did get 1,000 over word count yesterday! Have a dragonfly fantasy kind of day!

Terry

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Dragonflies, Dragonflies…

Make this your home and stay awhile.

Come Damer, come Dasher, come Skimmer, come all. Fat ones, skinny ones, tall ones and small.

Have a great dragonfly day!

Terry Spear

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Randomness

butterfly-brown-long-tailed-skipper-900-029Long Tailed Skipper Butterfly

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Juvenile female dragonfly

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Glass baubles creating bokeh when I was trying to capture the bird.

I’ve been trying to ignore all the wildlife outside while I work on the story. But I saw the dragonfly land on the roses, and I haven’t seen one land in forever. So I went outside to capture it, and then saw 3 different kinds of butterflies, and managed to get good pictures of two kinds. The bird, I captured through the window, not the best, but I wasn’t sure what it was, so I wanted to take a picture to ask fans what they thought it was. I saw the glass baubles catching the light and creating a bokeh affect. Really pretty.

Back to the book! 🙂

Have a wonderful day! 🙂

Terry Spear

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I LOVE Dragonflies and Their Wings of Stained Glass

Female Dasher Dragonfly

Female Dasher Dragonfly

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Blue Dasher baby

dragonfly 010 (640x570)A blue dasher female dragonfly. Isn’t she beautiful? She’s eating aphids on the snapdragon plant. The top three were taken at my home here. I’ve seen more, but not that have settled for me to take a picture. I saw another baby dasher, but so tiny and it was flying, it was barely visible.

Green, Green Dragonfly

Green, Green Dragonfly–A green darner?

Lightened up the background a little so the dragonfly is easier to see against the cement slab.

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whimsical background

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Common Whitetail Skimmer–Male

I caught a shot of this dragonfly, but the puppies kept chasing him off, not seeing him, but wondering what I was trying to photograph. Do you see where his wings appear to disappear? They were transparent and the moss covered cement showed right through them.

Blue, blue dragonfly and the praying mantis

Blue, blue dragonfly and the praying mantis

Duel between two large insect predators, both good, but deadly to each other.

Blue, Blue Dragonfly

Blue, Blue Dragonfly–Blue Dasher

Eating aphids on a crepe myrtle bush.

Dragonfly, Brown and Gold

Dragonfly, Brown and Gold–Skimmer Female

On the brown and gold dragonfly, you can see the wood grain through her wings also. I caught this picture of her a couple of years ago.

Dragonfly with fine lines on transparent wings

Dragonfly with fine lines on transparent wings–Skimmer Female

And the brick through this dragonfly’s wings.

I thought this was the same dragonfly as I captured in the shot earlier. But the other has a blue tail.:)

Notice the shadow her wings create?

Notice the shadow her wings create?

Whenever I see a dragonfly settle somewhere, I run in and hope by the time I retrieve my camera, he or she will still be waiting for me to have his or her picture taken. So the top female skinner was on a plant or rock, not sure, when I was watering my coneflowers and disturbed her. She settled on the rock nearby and I happily ran inside to get my camera (after I finished watering my plants), returned, and found she was still waiting patiently for me.

They are beautiful, eat the bad bugs, and are very much the part of a fairy garden. I keep seeing butterflies, but they won’t stop for pictures. *sigh*

Okay, I’ve written 10,000 words in the last couple of days, have 10,000 to go, and I need to proof A Very Jaguar Christmas, and write 3 promotional blogs. They’re due the 20th, the proof, the 29th, and the book, July 1st. So lots of deadlines, which means I shouldn’t be taking pictures of dragonflies, right? Nah….

Have a great dragonfly day!

Terry

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Dragonfly Eating Dinner

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I think the white fluffy looking stuff is a swarm of tiny bugs and the Dragonfly is out for dinner.

I saw a beautiful green one yesterday, only I didn’t have my camera with me. He flew around me and over the puppies. We had disturbed him, and did again later when they had to go out. I put the puppies in the house and went out to capture a shot of him, but haven’t seen him again. 🙁 I haven’t seen a pure green dragonfly, so I want to capture him in a photo in the worst way.

Don’t you hate that? When your model won’t cooperate?

My latest audiobook is now available!

Killing the Bloodlust | [Terry Spear]

Army officer Crystal Anderson can’t help the draw she has to vampires, although she’s supposed to be drawn to them to kill those who are renegades, since she’s a born huntress. But something about her is different. Ostracized from her family, she lives precariously on her own. That is until a local vampire targets her. Then she meets a fellow Army officer Robert Parker – who she believes is one of them – a vampire or blood host, or something. Suddenly, nothing is the same.

Army officer Robert Parker is on assignment at Fort Hood, Texas, trying to track down the vampire who murdered his sister after hours. When he spies Crystal coming out of a vampire house, he assumes she’s a human host, and that she can lead him to his murderer. Except he’s drawn to her like a hunter would be to a huntress, until he learns she’s not quite right. She’s fighting alone without a family of hunters’ support, and he’s bound to do something about it before she gets herself killed… or worse.

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I’m still working on Billionaire, revising it based on a beta reader’s great ideas. I have to read it over to see if I missed anything with the new changes. Puppies got me up at 2:30 this morning, luckily we didn’t run into the skunk.

Sooo, that means I’m late getting my blog done, etc, etc, etc. Tanner and Max got into sunflower seeds that I put out for the birds and by the time I got them to mind me and come in the house, they’d eaten too much. They didn’t get sick, but man, the poop factor has been unbelievable. I had to take them both out in the middle of the night, at 7:30, they were at it again. Then fifteen minutes later, Max is standing at the door. Which I LOVE. No more accidents in the house. My puppies are growing up! But both went again. I was gobsmacked. Then…yes, again, 15 mins later. Darn birds. It’s all your fault. Eat up your sunflower seeds! Anyway, you can actually feed your dogs sunflower seeds, but keep it to a little bit as they will actually gain weight with them. After as much as I had to clean up the yard this morning, I don’t see how!!! 🙂

I’ve also got 13 books up at iBooks and still 31 to move over there. I learned that you earn 69+% on your books there, 60% going through Smashwords, and I was having trouble sending in updated versions, getting an error message. I needed to give the version another number. It’s a catch 22. I needed to add iBook store links to the books, but couldn’t without them being uploaded to the store first so I’d have a store link to add to the book. A helpful author told me she had the same problem and so she had to do 1.1 to upload the new version. So need to do that with ALL the books again with the updated store links.

Okay, so if you write, you know that if you change one little thing, it can go from a cute little snowflake into the Abominable Snowman. And that’s what I’ve got to check out this morning, while making some other revisions.

But moving the books to another book seller site also means that cute little snowflake has snowballed into the Abominable Snowman. I’ve got to update all my links for iBooks as I get them done. AND, since I’m adding links for Amazon and BN, I need to also update all the books on Amazon and BN. Haven’t even begun to do that. Sooooo….

That means I’ve got to quit goofing off on here, and get to work on Billionaire. Book due soon and the days are slipping on past even sooner!!

Have a terrific snowflake day! With 105 degree temps, no snowmen in the immediate future for us!

 

Terry

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Wings of Glass

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Common Whitetail Skimmer–Male

I caught a shot of this dragonfly, but the puppies kept chasing him off, not seeing him, but wondering what I was trying to photograph. Do you see where his wings appear to disappear? They were transparent and the moss covered cement showed right through them.

Blue, blue dragonfly and the praying mantis

Blue, blue dragonfly and the praying mantis

Duel between two large insect predators, both good, but deadly to each other.

Blue, Blue Dragonfly

Blue, Blue Dragonfly–Blue Dasher

Eating aphids on a crepe myrtle bush.

Dragonfly, Brown and Gold

Dragonfly, Brown and Gold–Skimmer Female

On the brown and gold dragonfly, you can see the wood grain through his wings also. I caught this picture of him a couple of years ago.

Dragonfly with fine lines on transparent wings

Dragonfly with fine lines on transparent wings–Skimmer Female

And the brick through this dragonfly’s wings.

I thought this was the same dragonfly as I captured in the shot today. This one was yesterday. But the other has a blue tail. 🙂

Notice the shadow her wings create?

Notice the shadow her wings create?

I love dragonflies, can you tell? They eat the bad bugs, come when I’m watering like little puppy dogs, and are so curious about the puppies and me, they always fly over and check us out.

Have a super great day!

Terry

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